IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/a/oup/jecgeo/v2y2002i3p343-363.html
   My bibliography  Save this article

Economic integration and industrial location: the case of Spain before World War I

Author

Listed:
  • Daniel A. Tirado
  • Elisenda Paluzie
  • Jordi Pons

Abstract

During the second half of the 19th century, Spain's industrial geography underwent radical change. In Jordi Nadal's words, 'Catalonia became Spain's factory'. This gradual geographical concentration of industrial activity coincided with another process: the integration of the Spanish economy. The purpose of this paper is to analyse the determinants of the localization of industrial activity in Spain during the second half of the 19th century and the effects of economic integration on Spain's industrial geography. To this end, we first review the historical analysis of these changes and present evidence on the process of market integration and industrial concentration by constructing a range of measures of industrial specialization and geographical concentration. Second, we perform an econometric analysis of the determinants of industrial location at two points in time, 1856 and 1893, using spatial econometrics techniques. Our results are consistent with the hypotheses of trade theories. During the second half of the 19th century, Spain became an integrated economy and industrial activity was concentrated in a limited number of territories characterized by a comparative advantage in human capital endowments, a favourable geo-economic position, and initial specialization in sectors showing scale economies. Copyright 2002, Oxford University Press.

Suggested Citation

  • Daniel A. Tirado & Elisenda Paluzie & Jordi Pons, 2002. "Economic integration and industrial location: the case of Spain before World War I," Journal of Economic Geography, Oxford University Press, vol. 2(3), pages 343-363, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:jecgeo:v:2:y:2002:i:3:p:343-363
    as

    Download full text from publisher

    To our knowledge, this item is not available for download. To find whether it is available, there are three options:
    1. Check below whether another version of this item is available online.
    2. Check on the provider's web page whether it is in fact available.
    3. Perform a search for a similarly titled item that would be available.

    More about this item

    Statistics

    Access and download statistics

    Corrections

    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:oup:jecgeo:v:2:y:2002:i:3:p:343-363. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Oxford University Press). General contact details of provider: http://joeg.oxfordjournals.org/ .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.